37 Dead in 41,000 Measles Cases Reported in EU – Is it Because of Low MMR Vaccination Rates?

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The Guardian stated 41,000 cases of measles reported in the EU in six months to June 2018. Read the details on Nexter.org.

Source: WHO

37 deaths reported 

The World Health Organization reported 41,000 measles cases in Europe in 2018. Unfortunately, at least 37 people have died.

Measles is a contagious virus that spreads through the air (coughing and sneezing). Followed by high fever, rash all over the body, stuffy nose and reddened eyes, it can disappear without treatment in several weeks. However, 1-2 in 1,000 cases had lethal consequences (death from complications).

This year measles epidemy is the deadliest ever known to happen in Europe.

Recently, more than 100 cases of measles were reported in US. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have stated that “From January 1 to July 14, 2018, 107 people from 21 states (Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington) and the District of Colombia were reported to have measles.”

France, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Russia and Serbia also had more than 1,000 measles infections each so far this year. Also, it’s known that the disease is spread around the globe from Europe and Asia, the Pacific, and Africa.

Why the numbers are twice higher than in 2017

Source: Parent24

This high number of measles cases “is a reflection of so many children and adolescents who are still susceptible to the disease because they are not vaccinated,” said Mark Muscat, medical officer for vaccine-preventable diseases at WHO.

“This is a disease that could be totally prevented by two doses of MMR vaccine, but we are seeing measles cases across all age groups.”

The parents do not take their child for vaccination and some try to delay it as they don’t understand how important this is and think that their child can feel bad after the procedure.

“I think there is hesitancy for very many reasons,” he said. “There are a lot of rumours and misinformation about safety. There are also problems where some parents have limited access to health systems and some have become complacent. They do not realise the importance of vaccinating their children because the diseases is not around.

“That is totally wrong. Unfortunately, we have some measles-related deaths. Last year it was 38. This year it is already 37 in the first six months.”


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